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CLEVELAND, OH – Ohio Lottery players will soon have a chance for a lifetime of winning every day when the Lucky for Life® draw game expands from two drawings per week to seven drawings per week starting Monday, July 19, 2021, giving players a daily shot at winning $1,000 a day for the rest of their lives.,
Drawings will be conducted nightly at 10:38 p.m. ET.  The cost per play, how the game is played, and the prize structure will remain the same.
“We’re always looking for ways to bring more chances for winning experiences to our Ohio Lottery players,” said Ohio Lottery Director Pat McDonald. “Having the chance to win the ultimate lifetime prize every day will provide additional excitement for our players and our retail partners.”  
Since the game’s launch in Ohio, there have been three grand prize winners and 19 second-tier winners in the state.
The Lucky for Life® game is currently drawn on Mondays and Thursdays.  All drawings will continue to take place at 10:38 p.m. ET in Connecticut.  Tickets are $2 per play and are on sale at any lottery retailer licensed within the participating states until 9:30 p.m. ET on the night of the drawing.  Winning tickets must be redeemed in the state in which they were purchased.
To play Lucky for Life®, a player must select five (5) out of 48 numbers and one (1) out of 18 numbers in the Lucky Ball Pool.  Players matching all five numbers, plus the Lucky Ball, win $1,000 a day, every day, for the rest of their life.  Players matching the first five numbers correctly, but do not match the Lucky Ball, win $25,000 a year for their lifetime.  Each of the lifetime prizes are guaranteed for a minimum of 20 years but will continue to be paid out for the duration of each winner’s lifetime.
About Lucky for Life®:

  • Tickets cost $2 each and are valid for one drawing.
  • Drawings are held every Monday and Thursday night (until July 19) at 10:38 p.m. ET and are televised live from Connecticut on WCCT-TV.
  • Following each drawing, drawings can be viewed via upload on, or, on each state’s individual social media and websites.
  • The top prize is up to $365,000 a year for life ($1,000 a day for life) when matching five (5) numbers plus the Lucky Ball number.  The prize is payable as an annuity or lump sum.
  • Players who match the first five numbers win up to $25,000 a year for life.  The prize is payable as an annuity or lump sum.
  • “For Life” prizes are payable for the length of a winner’s natural life.  At minimum, 20 years’ worth of payments are guaranteed.  Payments could last much longer, based on the lifespan of the winner.
  • Eight other cash prizes range from $3 to $5,000.
  • Overall odds of winning a prize are 1 in 7.8. 
  • Odds of winning the top prize are 1 in 30,821,472.
  • Additional information about the game, its rules and how to play can be found at, or each state’s individual lottery site.
To follow the luck that lasts a lifetime, visit,, or stop by your local lottery retailer.  Age restrictions apply.  Please play responsibly.

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The Evolution of Lucky for Life®
  • The first “Lucky-4-Life” lottery draw game was custom-designed and introduced by the Connecticut Lottery Corporation on March 29, 2009.  The game concept, modeled after two highly popular scratch games, “Win for Life” and “Set for Life,” offered a top prize that was the first of its kind in the industry—a $2,000 a week “for life” top prize, and a $10,000 cash second prize.  In 2010, the North American Association of State and Provincial Lotteries (NASPL) recognized the CT Lottery by naming Lucky-4-Life as its "Best New Draw Game.”
  • After a successful run of nearly three years, which generated more than $78 million in sales and $39 million in prizes, five neighboring states: Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island and Vermont, joined Connecticut in the launch a new regional draw game, “New England’s Lucky for Life,” which featured an even bigger, better top prize of $1,000 a day, every day, for life, and a $25,000 cash second prize.
  • Recognizing that consumers wanted more ways to win “For Life” prizes, the Lucky for Life® game was further enhanced on September 17, 2013.  In addition to the game’s $1,000 a day for life top prize, a second “lifetime” prize was added—a $25,000 a year for life.  Lifetime winners were also given the choice of claiming their prize as an annuity or as a lump sum. 
  • As a result of a collaborative effort, Lucky for Life® expanded to include 14 states on January 27, 2015: Arkansas, Connecticut, Delaware, Idaho, Maine, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Montana, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, South Carolina, and Vermont.  As part of the expansion, the game underwent modifications that improved players' chances of winning the top prize of $1,000 a day for life, as well as the overall odds of winning a prize, and increased the values of seven of the game’s eight lower-tier prizes.

After further expansion, Lucky for Life® currently consists of 25 participating lotteries: Arkansas, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, District of Columbia, Idaho, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Maine, Massachusetts, Michigan, Montana, Nebraska, New Hampshire, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Rhode Island, South Dakota, Vermont and Wyoming.

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